lifeblood: listlogs: 2001v04n046-news


ig-news-digest        wednesday, march 14 2001        volume 04 : number 046

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] dont know if it has been posted..she article  [loralei riney <lo]
  [ig-news] shemag article                  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]
  [ig-news] article from womanrock          [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>]
  [ig-news] re: stag 7" on cd                              [hunterj1@aol.com]
  [ig-news] new ig date!                                   [memememi@aol.com]

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date: tue, 13 mar 2001 12:21:21 -0600
from: loralei riney <loralei.riney@bannerhealth.com>
subject: [ig-news] dont know if it has been posted..she article

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
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i dont know and apologize if it has been posted but i just ran across this by accident..thought ya'll might be interested...and a good pic of amy i think...
http://www.joanjett.com
catchin up with amy ray....

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date: wed, 14 mar 2001 09:31:06 +1100 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] shemag article

hey folks,

here's an article from shemag.com - one of the ones mentioned
on the joan jett site.  you can read it online at:
http://www.shemag.com/second_feature/s_feature_main.asp

- -sherlyn


- ---begin article---

catching up with amy ray

for years, we have known amy ray as half of the lesbian musical icons
the indigo girls. their music has united and empowered us. at times, it
helped us to understand ourselves and the world around us. the music of
indigo girls has played a huge part my life. i am not alone. talk to any
lesbian. she's sure to tell you a story or two involving the indigo girls.

for now, the story is amy ray's to tell. with the release of her solo
album, appropriately titled, "stag," i had a chance to talk with amy about
this new project and her non-profit record label, daemon records.


tina sordellini: your new album, "stag" is quite a departure from what you
normally have done. do you think the "average-indigo-girls-loving-lesbian"
is ready for this?

amy ray: i don't know. it doesn't matter to me honestly. i did this
project for myself. it was something i was doing because i needed to
challenge myself. i had a lot of songs that didn't fit in with the
indigo girls as well as i'd want them too. so, i decided that instead of
trying to force that, to make my own record and free myself up a little
bit. it also it made me a lot more free within the indigo girls, too. it
does have a couple acoustic songs in it that are radically different from
the rest of the album. that's a typical indigo thing. i can't see somebody
thinking it's such a departure that they can't listen to it.  we've been
pretty electric in the last five years of our career. but if someone's
really into emily specifically and into her song writing, they probably
won't like it. it's real different from emily. that's ok with me because i
didn't do this specifically for indigo girl fans, i did this just for me
to make music and whoever likes it, great...who doesn't, that's ok with
me, i'm not going to feel broken over it.

so, these songs were specifically written for this solo effort. is this
something you've been working on for a couple of years?

some of the songs are a few years old. i had some other songs that were
even older that i thought would go on it. it's been like 5 years thinking,
"i'll make a solo record at some point." then, when i really sat down and
said "i'm gonna do this," a couple years ago, i really started focusing my
effort on writing and finishing songs, that i started, that didn't sound
like indigo girl's songs, which were a lot of them. so, it made me
realize, as i was writing, rather than putting a song down because it
didn't feel like something that me and emily can do, that i would just
finish it and it would have a home [on the solo album]. that was a good
thing. it made me finish more songs. i actually wrote more for indigo
girls, too. it's helped me a lot and we have more records to make. so,
anything i can do that helps me with indigo girls is good.

on, "hey castrator," you worked with kate schellenbach and joan jett. that
must have been a great experience...

it was great, they're good friends of mine and i've been jamming with them
off and on for a few years. i see them a lot when i'm in new york. kate is
a great drummer, she's very specific and she gets it in one or two takes.
she's a very spontaneous kind of fast worker. so, you have to be on your
toes and get it, too. joan is really the same way actually. by the time i
got around to recording, she was really busy. i said, "come by if you
can." she came by, i played her the part i wanted her to sing, gave her
the words and she went in there, did it really quickly and then played
guitar on it. joan...she's got a heart of gold. she's an amazing person
and a really great musician.

tell me a bit about your non-profit label, daemon records.

the way it happens is, any money that comes in is turned around into the
next project. i have three people that work for me right now with very
small salaries. all the artists help too, so it's kind of like a co-op.
the artists will come in and help us do mailings. (it's sort of written
into their contract that they have to give a certain number of hours to
the label and that's because i want them to learn what goes into it. so,
they can really be attached to what they're doing in every way.) any
profit that comes in is split. once what we've made back what we've spent,
a percen-tage goes to the artist and then the other percentage goes back
into the label to fund the next project. the other part of that is we have
a couple of really big records and they've been specifically earmarked
towards benefits. we had one album called "jesus christ superstar: a
resurrection." it was a re-recording of the whole rock opera by georgian
musicians. it was really cool, it sold a lot and we've donated about $60k
to gun control organizations from that. we had another record called
"honor" that was a collection of indian and non-indian artists, just
songs, for a foundation called honor the earth that emily and i started.
it is an environmental group. that album raised about $50k. my record
will hopefully do very well and help fund the label and the projects that
come up.  the positive side of it is, if it does well, it will help fund
a lot of other artists and that's really important to me. the independent
scene is very important to me and it's really where my heart is.

when you were writing the song, "lucy stoners" were you talking about how
difficult it is for certain artists to get radio air play?

yes, i was specifically referring to indigo girls and how radio is based
on an irrational set of conditions about what the consumer base and
demographics are. radio formats have been dominated by advertising trying
to please advertising which in turn, is all about profit. it has gone from
bad to worse.  i've seen it in my career of radio in the last 15 years.
i've seen it change radically to the point where it's all science and
there's no independence and autonomy to what people are playing. if you're
a woman, you're a trend or you're a backlash. you're never on solid
ground.  it's a real hard position to be in and it's not fair. it's
something that a lot of us have worked on trying to change and get low
powered radio and more stations and more community radio; to change the
spectrum a little bit to have more diversity.

will the lyrics to the songs be inside the jacket of the cd?

no, because of the cost. but the lyrics will be available on the website
and listeners can send a letter requesting lyrics and we'll get them out
to them.

are there plans for another solo project?

i haven't even thought about it. it took me a year and i just finished
it. the next record i do is going to be with the indigo girls. maybe in
the spring, late spring early summer.

if you'd like more information on amy ray, daemon records you can visit
www.daemonrecords.com. there you will also find songs available for
download, video and photos.

amy would also like us to mention that another artist named rose
pulenzanni has a record being released on the daemon label. the site will
have a lot of about her. too. you may also see her on the road with amy
a bit.

tina sordellini is she magazine's managing editor. sge can be reached via
e-mail at:
               info@shemag.com.

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date: wed, 14 mar 2001 09:37:36 +1100 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@fl.net.au>
subject: [ig-news] article from womanrock

hey folks,

here's another article which was linked from the joan jett
site... you can read it at
http://www.womanrock.com/features/amy_ray_stag.html...

- -sherlyn

- ---begin article---

amy ray in solo mode
by pam huwig
                  
george eliot once wrote, "there is no feeling, except the extremes
of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music."

eliot may have known a thing or two about drag and going stag,
but she obviously never heard the likes of amy ray. with her
debut solo album, stag, amy reaches right through your chest and
rocks the hell out of your every inch, sparing no emotion, including
fear, grief, and loathing.

lucky for us music junkies, for an artist like amy ray, molding
lyrics, riffs, and mood is all in days' work. for those of you who
have been long-time indigo girls fans, strap-on your seatbelts (or
whatever other strapables you have) for an exicting ride through
stag.

amy's musical and lyrical versatility is thick throughout this record.
try not to clutter your mind with expectations of what the record
should sound like, and just let yourself be overcome with its'
handsome mix of punk, rock, and folk. the release of stag marks
amy's evolution as a musician, but it doesn't mean you won't be
hearing more from the indigos.

"the indigo girls are still going strong. i think [stag] just marks
another facet of what me and emily do," says amy. "we do
separate, and we do stuff together, you know? this solo record is
very separate from indigo girls, but at the same time, everything
overlaps so much that it doesn't really feel exclusive to any one
thing. i don't know if i'll make another solo record. if i have the
songs and the time, i will, i'm sure. but emily and i definitely are
still working together."

for emily's part, to no surprise, she is completely supportive of
amy's solo endeavors. after all, they've been friends and playing
tunes together for more than 10 years.

she likes it," amy says. "she was very into it and responsive to it
and had nothing but nice things to say about it."

going stag not only has allowed amy to move in a new direction by
getting back to some of her fondest roots, but it gave her the
opportunity to work with some top-notch bands.

"whenever i've thought about doing a solo record, you know, just
played around with it in my head, the seeds of it came from
wanting to play with these bands that i was really into and record
some of the stuff that we created together," ray says. "so i
decided rather than get just one band that i go out and find, to
approach some bands i am familiar [with]. and i knew that the way
they played would be easily fit into what i was doing."

needless to say, amy ray has impeccable taste in music. she
hand-picked artists such as the butchies (who will be touring with
amy in april), rock-a-teens, josephine wiggs (the breeders),
1945 (previously known as three finger cowboy), kate
schellenbach of luscious jackson, and veteran rocker joan jett -
not a bad collaboration, if you ask me.

"when i'm writing, i know i can hear my influences; when i'm
playing i can tell that it's definitely something, let's say that the
butchies influenced or that type of thing," she says. "kate and
josephine are two people i jam with off an on when i'm in new
york, just for fun, and they're great players. i started to get to
know the butchies a few years ago. kaia had gotten in touch with
me about possibly working with daemon [amy's 11-year-old,
self-founded indie label]. they've toured with the indigo girls a lot
the past few years. just through playing with them a lot i became
familiar with how they play. so, i was really specific with what i
wanted them to play on," she adds.

the butchies contributed to several songs on stag, including
"lucystoners," "measure me," "on your honor," and one of the most
stirring tracks, "laramie" - a song that by it's mere title conjures up
the horrific and unforgettable murder of matthew sheppard.

     "poor man do the bidding for the rich man
     those rednecks are just doing
     what the classy fuckers' thinking
     and tolerance is ain't acceptance
     i know you wanted it to be
     when you're out in laramie...
     hey all you jokers, hunting season's over
     hey coalition, lay down your mission..."

"'laramie' didn't seem to be the butchies style, but they wanted to
give it a shot, and it was so good," she says. "melissa's drum part
on that song is really amazing. it's exactly what i had in mind; it's
got the neil young feel but it's still got this reggae thing
happening, and something different like the clash."

with influences from joni mitchell to husker du, amy ray has
brilliantly made stag accesible to old and new fans alike - simply by
making it real and versatile.

"stag is definitely punk in its' sentiment, and in its' approach in
every way," amy explains. "but musically, it's got songs that are
rock, and some folk. but i would say it's in the spirit of punk.
that's what i'm drawing from more than anything else on the
record."

like her music, amy is authentic at her core. in addition to her
full-time commitment to her own gigs and daemon records, she
remains tirelessly devoted to environmental and human rights
causes.

"joan jett tumbled in after an all-night dress rehearsal for the
rocky horror picture show on broadway to sing the rather
broadwayish coda to the song and of course provide her
unmatchable rhythm guitar backbone," amy says.

her bud joan, who ripped out orgasmic vocals on "hey castrator,"
perhaps captures what is amy best:

"amy ray is one person that walks it like she talks it. she is
committed to doing whatever she can to make the world better,
and to fighting injustice wherever she can," says joan. "that is one
of the many reasons i am proud to call her my friend. amy was
looking for a natural performance on 'hey castrator' without a lot a
lot of polish. i think we had great energy and i am wishing her all
the luck in the world -- she deserves it!"

this article was previously published in diva magazine london, uk

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date: tue, 13 mar 2001 07:33:30 est
from: hunterj1@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] re: stag 7" on cd

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

a little bird also told me that a cd is available of the stag 7" songs just
for the asking plus a blank and postage.

let me know if you don't have a phonograph <<crank, crank>> =) player in
there amongst the 8 track tapes.

jude :)

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date: tue, 13 mar 2001 23:41:50 est
from: memememi@aol.com
subject: [ig-news] new ig date!

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

according to the local news the indigo girls are going to be playing music
midtown in atlanta this year.   according to the website, the dates are may
4th-6th.  no specific info is listed as to when they are playing - but the
schedules will probably be up soon.

website:  http://www.musicmidtown.com

=)
lisa

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